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Steve Perry on Journey’s Arnel Pineda: ‘He’s Their Lead Singer’

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Former Journey lead singer Steve Perry’s long-awaited return to the stage late last month has naturally fueled speculation as to whether the vocalist would ever reunite with his former band. But in a new interview, he is once again quick to both dash those rumors and pay his respects to the man who has held that position for over seven years now.

Speaking with Fan Asylum, Perry confirms that “there is no reunion” plan in the works between him and Journey. Asked what he thought of current singer Arnel Pineda‘s respectful and presumably not literal offer to step aside so that he could have his old job back, Perry says, “I don’t know who or what would make Arnel want to say such a thing. He’s their lead singer and I wish him all the best.”

Perry also adds that he was very surprised by how strong a reaction his return garnered. “I woke up in St. Paul, MN thinking I’d have a little YouTube leak about the gig and that would be it. After 20 years of not singing live I really thought I could just stick my toe in the Waters of Love and then go home and start blowing the rust off my pipes……. but that’s not what happened.”

After getting a taste for the stage in St. Paul, Perry subsequently joined Eels for two other performances: one in Washington, D.C., the other in Los Angeles. But aside from hinting at a new solo record, Perry has not shared what his future plans may hold.

This is not the first occasion of Perry denying that a Journey reunion was in the works. Earlier this month, Perry stated that his return to the live performance arena was strictly for fun. Journey is currently on tour with the Steve Miller Band and Tower of Power. You can get all their latest tour dates here.

Next: Journey's Top 10 Post-Steve Perry Songs

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